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Jim Mattis’ new book ‘Call Sign Chaos’ comes out in July

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Mar. 20, 2018. (U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Department of Defense)
May 29, 2019

Former Secretary of Defense and Marine Gen. James Mattis has co-written a book that will be released in July.

The book titled, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” is due to hit the shelves on July 16, and is an extensive retelling of Mattis’ military career, including Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and the lessons he learned from those experiences, the Associated Press reported.

Mattis started co-writing the book with Bing West in 2017, prior to becoming defense secretary.

“My purpose in writing this book is to convey some of the lessons I learned in 43 years of service for those who might benefit, whether in the military or in civilian life,” Mattis said.

Mattis cautioned readers not to expect any secrets or scandals about the President to be included in the book.

“I’m old-fashioned: I don’t write about sitting Presidents, so those looking for a tell-all will be disappointed. I want to pass on the lessons and experiences that prepared me for challenges I could not anticipate, not take up the hot political rhetoric of our day,” he said.

Mattis’ book title was inspired by his call sign “Chaos” when he commanded the 7th Marine Regiment in the mid-1990s.

A spokesperson from Random House said Mattis’ new book will be nothing like James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” and Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” Although both latter books were best-sellers, they were highly contemptuous.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Guy “Bus” Snodgrass, who served as Mattis’ chief communications director, will release his own book titled “Holding the Line: Inside the Pentagon With General Mattis,” in October. That book is said to be “an insider’s sometimes shocking account of how Defense Secretary James Mattis led the U.S. military through global challenges while serving as a crucial check on the Trump Administration.”

Mattis decided to resign from his position as defense secretary for the Trump Administration in Dec. 2018, primarily because Mattis and Trump tended to clash on many military issues including, Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

In his letter of resignation, Mattis said, “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,”

On May 1, Mattis began his post as a Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a 100-year-old public policy think tank at Stanford. The Hoover Institution was founded by the 31st president, Herbert Hoover, and focuses on research that explores and promotes individual, economic and political liberties.